Diana L. Eck, a professor of religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, wrote Darsan, Seeing the Divine. Image in India, to reveal the visuality of Hinduism. Darsan Seeing the Divine Image in India. By Diana L. Eck. A brief but poignant overview of the importance of this spiritual practice in India. Eck DL. Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India. Columbia Unversity Press, Third Edition.;

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Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship.

Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated dianw it was amazing. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.

This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader’s perspective and appreciation.

The Nature of the Hindu Images. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan. Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian farsan and daily worship – believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.

This is also a book about the divine image in the Hindu tradition. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Seeing the Divine Image in America. The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India’s divine images have been laden with misperceptions.

In exploring the nature of the divine image, this book not only considers the images of the gods, but also the Hindu temple and the Hindu place of pilgrimage. It read kind of like a textbook for me. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is.


An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. How are these images made and consecreted? A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.

It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship of these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck

Refresh and try again. It’s a complex topic that I’ve had trouble understanding in other texts, and while I wouldn’t say that I understood everything in this one, the fact that I got most of it really speaks to its quality.

Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, B The Visible India. This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seein Diiana my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship – believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.

E The Polytheistic Imagination. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. This book, though focused primarily on a single important characteristic of Hinduism in practice is probably the best introduction ever written to what Hinduism, in practice is like for those who are unfamiliar with that religion. This book explores what darsan means.

It is called Darsan, Seeing the divine image, and it is the single most common and significant element of Hindu worship. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship.

My favorite quote from it: May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus.


Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues.

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Contents B The Visible India. What is meant by these multi-armed gods, with their various weapons, emblems, and animals?

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I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some readers. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That darrsan, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool.

A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. To see what your friends thought dinaa this book, please sign up.

I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism.